2005 CMA Awards: The Big Apple Hosts 'Country Music's Biggest Night'

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney to Open the Gala

Garth Brooks to Perform "Good Ride, Cowboy" Tribute to Chris LeDoux

Collaborations Include Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John Performing Together for

the First Time; Bon Jovi to Perform with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland; and

Willie Nelson and Paul Simon to Perform and Present CMA Song of the Year

Vince Gill to Present Country Music Hall of Fame Induction for Alabama, Glen

Campbell and Deford Bailey

Current "American Idol" Carrie Underwood Makes Network Debut of "Jesus, Take

the Wheel"

Nov 07, 2005, 00:00 ET from Country Music Association

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Big Apple hosts "Country
 Music's Biggest Night" when "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" is broadcast live
 Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS Television Network from Madison
 Square Garden in New York City.
     "When the CMA Board of Directors made the decision to move the CMA Awards
 from Nashville to New York for this year, we made a commitment to take our
 best show and brightest talent to Madison Square Garden -- and we hit the
 mark," said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. "We have touched on all the
 elements that make Country Music meaningful to anyone who loves great music."
     "The 39th Annual CMA Awards," which is hosted for the second year by
 Brooks & Dunn, airs live Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS
 Television Network from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
     Opening the three-hour gala is reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny
 Chesney. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn,
 Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss + Union Station Featuring
 Jerry Douglas, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts,
 Julie Roberts, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, and Lee
 Ann Womack.
     Garth Brooks will perform "Good Ride, Cowboy," his personal tribute to the
 late Chris LeDoux. Collaborations, which have always been a hallmark of the
 CMA Awards, include Bon Jovi performing with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and
 Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John, performing together for the first time ever.
     Also joining musical forces are Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, who will
 perform and then present CMA Song of the Year. Current "American Idol" Carrie
 Underwood will debut her first single "Jesus, Take The Wheel" and then present
 a CMA Award.
     Previously announced presenters include Trace Adkins, Cowboy Troy, James
 Gandolfini, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, Montgomery Gentry, Olivia Newton-
 John, Joe Nichols, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, and
 Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix, who star as June and Johnny Cash in the
 upcoming movie biopic "Walk the Line."
     Vince Gill, who hosted the CMA Awards for a record 12 years (1992-2003),
 will introduce the formal induction of 2005 Country Music Hall of Fame members
 Alabama, Glen Campbell and the late Deford Bailey.
     Jamie O'Neal and duo Blue County (Aaron Benward and Scott Reeves) will
 present CMA Awards during pre-telecast festivities including the CMA Broadcast
     For the first time ever, tickets for the 2005 CMA Awards are available to
 the general public. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to
 www.ticketmaster.com; calling (212) 307-7171 (or any local Ticketmaster outlet
 phone number); or in-person at the Madison Square Garden box office. Tickets
 to the 2005 CMA Awards can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets
 across the nation. The ticket price is $250 (not including tax and service
     Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer of the CMA Awards. Paul Miller
 is the director and David Wild will script the ceremonies. MJI Programming, a
 division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio packager of the CMA
 Awards, which includes Red Carpet coverage and a stereo-radio simulcast of the
 gala event. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official automotive sponsor
 of the 2005 CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2005
 CMA Awards. Additional promotional sponsors include Prilosec OTC(R),
 aolmusic.com, BMG Columbia House, Inc., Chase, Country Weekly, Creme Savers(R)
 Candy, Crisco(R), Gibson Guitars, Jack Daniel's, Kellogg's(R), Kmart(sm),
 Kodak, Lever 2000(R) and XM Satellite Radio(R). Charles Fazzino is the
 official artist of the 2005 CMA Awards. FilmMagic.com is the Official
 Photographer of the 2005 CMA Awards.
     For CMA Awards information, history and high-resolution images visit
 http://www.CMApress.com. For additional photography visit
     This is a protected site for media only and is not intended for public
 use.  The public should be directed to http://www.CMAawards.com.

SOURCE Country Music Association